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Macallan Sienna

Overall rating
84.28/100
votes
437
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The 1824 Series
Casktype
Sherry Oak Casks from Jerez
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0114R L4 18/04
Barcode
5010314101206
Added on
11 Apr 2013 8:00 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 115,28

43 × in wishlist

437 × member ratings

1173 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan Sienna

81 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.28 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2017]  Every other year I (re)taste a standard Macallan simply to check if things improved in the meantime.  Unfortunately, it got worst only so far.  So I bought this dram at the hotel bar tonight (this is by far the most expensive whisky here, ridiculous!).  By the way, I use my own appropriate tasting glass to do this review...

    The colour is amber what is not relevant anyhow as they use caramel to adjust it.  The texture shows a few medium fast legs and a few late tears.  The nose is ... no, this is not whisky - this is the nose of a glass of pure dry sherry wine (I know such a nose very well as I often drink a glass of sherry at restaurants before dinner, to support the whisky industry with empty sherry casks...).  Oh my god, this is really a shame!  No whisky aroma at all and the profile is bland and immature.  I clearly prefer the nose of the sherry wine over that!!!  It arrives in the mouth hot and peppery with just a very little coating effect.  The taste is not much better, some barley sugars and sherry wine flavours (please note:  these are quite different to sherry cask-induced whisky flavours), that's it!  The finish is short and owns absolutely nothing that is remarkable.  Somehow this smells and tastes as if there was quite a substantial amount of liquid sherry wine still in the cask when they filled the new make in (you know, this is strictly forbidden by Scottish law!).

    Macallan has reached a point now where I use the spittoon instead of swallowing the rest of the dram.  This once so mighty whisky was killed by the pure greediness of its owners (an investment group) and it is a shame to offer such a bad whisky quality to consumers at all - taking into account the price point it is ... impertinence!

    PS:  Sorry to all the folks that love this whisky but I grew up with a very different quality of Macallan (it was that quality what made Macallan famous, not today's).  But if you really enjoy the modern "designed" Macallan this is absolutely fine with me - you can have all of it (I will buy the next dram to (re)taste in 2020 earliest)...
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      74 74

  2. Defeatless scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    An official Macallan. Mainly I tend to try one or two on a festival, but havn't found a proper one yet which has a good price-quality ratio.
    This one is from a blind sample swap.

    Long story short: oké nose, less so the taste, disappointing finish. Well overpriced.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet red fruit. Candy, like these sweets which different wrapping, but with the same taste. Fruit mentos. It is not a bad nose, but a bit doctored.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Thin. Sweet but a bit watery, this could have been way better. I assume chill-filtration striped away a load of oils and fat. This is just
    • Finish
      78 78
      Short-medium length. Rather disappointing. Just a sweet burst hint of malt in the back aaaaaand..... gone.

  3. AquaVitae scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Not bad by any means, but also not special and definitely overpriced.
    Well, maybe the finish is the biggest down side because it is very, very short.

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Despite NAS, a very good malt from the 1824 series;
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      dark fruits, berries, oranges, sherry, vanilla, caramel, spicy oak;
    • Taste
      full-bodied onset, lots of sherry, fruity, oak, honey, nuts, creamy, soft and elegant;
    • Finish
      medium-length finish, sherry and spice ring out;

  5. DenisL scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Balance (21)
    It is better than 12 / 15FO (83)
    Go
    • Nose
      Skin, fruit, wood ... vanilla and orange. Surprisingly pleasant aroma (21.5)
      Go
    • Taste
      Woody, sour, tobacco, fruit (20)
      Go
    • Finish
      Caramel finish, leather and a little pepper ... bitterness (20.5)
      Go

  6. Falnor scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    So sad that this middle of the road whisky which offers so little should be priced and labelled as a good one. It has been said many times, but this isn't the macallan of old.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not nearly as bad as it's made out to be. Yes, it's more American-oak influenced than the age-stated Macallans. Yes, they tried to mask the younger components by using more first-fill casks, and the result is a bit vulgar. Yes, the finish isn't particularly compelling.

    But hey: you get a LOT of sherry character (an especially salient point for those who tend to complain about "too much refill"), and it's actually pretty expertly balanced with the distillery character, which shines through beautifully.

    Is this a complex (the most overused word in whisky world, btw) dram that will engage the connoisseur for hours on end? No, but it's certainly a well-made everyday dram that will please pretty much everyone you hand a glass to. Now, if they just lowered the price by, say, twenty bucks...

  8. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 94.5 points to the Macallan Sienna. "A huge and pleasing improvement". Liquid Gold Award 2014. Pure matter of taste...

  9. Deloti scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    expected more of this macallan. lowly whisky. lacks consistency and quality. I will never buy it again but I wouldn´t even pay half the price it costs for this
    • Nose
      75 75
      sherry wine, sugar, wood, chocolate
    • Taste
      75 75
      sherry, plenty. nuts, raisins, spices, orange chocolate. not complex at all, rather flat
    • Finish
      75 75
      short-medium on pepper, oak, and of course sherry. unsurprising

  10. Deloti scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      73 73

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